Mts Morgan and Stanford

Along the shore where we stood, the trail happened to be littered with great skipping rocks (a rarity in the Sierra!) and Rafee and I spent a couple minutes lobbing rocks out onto the ice and reveling in the alien sounds produced.

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Tower Peak

We arrived at the crux of the climb where I had read that the standard route ran up the gut of this gully and was called “The Staircase.” I could indeed see the large 3-5 foot ledges and agreed that this was probably the easiest way up, normally. At that moment, however, the steps were buried in 3 to 12 inches of snow.

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Sky Blue Lake Peak

Alas, after several weeks of searching, I’ve been unable to find my SD card from this trip…

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Candlelight Peak

Iris shouted up “Ooh! AJ’s going for bonus points!” Apparently there was a much easier route down, but I was enjoying the climb and it seemed like the more complicated climbing was successfully distracting my mind from the pain in my legs.

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East Spur

Sean had written that he summited at 10:40 am, more than three hours earlier! Even better, according to the entry, he’d left some cookies for us!

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Kearsarge Pinnacle #8

I was ecstatic to make it to the summit and officially be a 5.easy climber!

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Staghorn Peak

At sunrise, I stopped briefly to take a few photos and check the elevation. We had climbed 1,500 feet, and I tried not to think too hard on the fact that this meant we were only about one quarter of the way up the pass.

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Mt George Davis

The ridge comprised solid, trustworthy granite with plenty of features to climb and was pure fun class 3 climbing!

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Knapsack Pass Peak

As I started down Bishop Pass I could hardly believe what I was seeing — the lakes which we had so hurriedly passed in the morning glum were now illuminated by the sun in various shades of blue and green!

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McGee Pass Peak

If the rock were a little more solid this would have made for some fun climbing! Instead it was a bit too stressful to be pure fun.

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